The International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) announced the winners of its Student Award for 2018 and 2019. Newly appointed Chairman, Eric Langlois, presented Hamza Mazih and Christopher Haddon with their £1,500 (GBP) ($1,865) prizes and commemorative certificates at an evening ceremony in Marseille, France, on June 17.
Mazih, who was nominated by the Francophone Hydrographic Society (AFHy), won the 2018 award for his paper entitled “Implementation of a Protocol for Acquisition and Processing of Strapdown Gravity Data from Airborne Inertial Navigation System to Compute Geoid Models in Coastal Areas.” Mazih, who graduated with the Masters in Hydrography at ENSTA Bretagne in France last autumn, is now employed by Fugro.
Haddon’s 2019 award-winning paper presented “Insights into Embayment-scale Sediment Dynamics Using MBES Multispectral Backscatter at Perranporth, UK.” Nominated by The Hydrographic Society UK, Haddon received the honor just days after completing his BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration & Surveying at the University of Plymouth, UK. He is due to start work with MMT.
Earlier the same day, both men presented their research work to an international audience attending an IFHS one-day hydrography workshop, which formed part of the Oceans 19 conference in Marseille. The workshop program also addressed topical matters such as survey standards, crowdsourced bathymetry, data rescue, capacity building, hydrographic education and individual certification.